North Jun16
A photo emerged on my timeline this morning of Rhyl’s representation at this year’s mudbath in Glastonbury, and most of those in the pic were frequenters of The North’s endless supply of gigs… So it was inevitable that this would be a quiet one… Possibly the bands playing to each other and a handful of punters… Yep.. Not quite that bad but…

Cynic Notes started with a whimper rather than a bang with their brand of ‘alternative-rock’ – possibly because they were playing to just a few people. It was like an exclusive set, a private performance; maybe a showcase! The interesting guitar work, unusual style of drumming and harmonies did do enough to keep me from retiring to the bar and within three or four songs they finally got into their stride and enjoyed what they were doing – this transferred across to the audience. Promoter Steve Rastin said they were like a ‘Boy’ era U2 – I’ll take his word on that…

Maines are getting a lot of gigs under their skinny belts as they prepare for the release of their debut EP ‘Frequencies’ (out soon on link2wales records). Picking up plaudits and record contracts wherever they go, tonight they took an age to set up… Almost carefree! I had to actually engage in conversation with Andy Fatman, it took that long… Then, as if someone flicked a switch, they were out of the traps and smashing through a very short repertoire.
Guitarist, Dave Pod donned an old man’s mask for effect; looking like Phil Woods with washed hair [Rhyl in-joke], as the band bounced off each others’ intricate work to produce a wall of sound… And it was all over in twenty glorious minutes.
‘This is fucking good,’ quipped the Fatman… He wasn’t wrong, and the fact that the songs on the forthcoming EP are ‘old’ makes the prospective follow-up even more mouth watering…